Movies and Musicals Interviews

You can listen again here to Aedín's interviews with Mark Hamill, 'Coco' director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, Michael Giacchino, Dame Julie Andrews, Dame Angela Lansbury and composer, writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, responsible for the Broadway smash-hit musical Hamilton and the songs of Moana.

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To celebrate the release of Mary Poppins Returns, Aedín met the stars of the sequel to the 1964 Disney classic. Watch the interviews below...

Emily Blunt

Aedin Gormley met with Emily Blunt to ask about playing this iconic role while simultaneously filming The Girl on the Train, and hearing Mary Poppins sing for the first time in 54 years.

Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer

Aedín meets Jane and Michael Banks all grown up - actors Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Aedín talks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of Hamilton, about his role in Mary Poppins Returns:

Rob Marshall

Aedín talks to director Rob Marshall about his vision for Mary Poppins Returns, bringing this iconic character back to the big screen. and working with Irish actors Jim Norton and Chris O'Dowd on the movie.

Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

Aedín also met with the composer and lyricist behind the songs and score - Marc Shaiman (composer and co-lyricist) and Scott Whitman (co-lyricist). They talk about writing for Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Whishaw, and we get a sneak preview of songs that didn't make the cut! 

Mark Hamill

In a radio exclusive, Mark Hamill discusses his life and career in an interview recorded for the 'Creative Minds' series at the American Ambassador's residence, as part of the St. Patrick's Festival. Mark Hamill is best known for playing the role of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, most recently in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He discusses his extensive career including the role of Luke Skywalker, working closely with Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford and learning a cúpla focal.  

Listen back to the interview HERE

'Coco' director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson

In this special interview, Aedín talks to director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson about the latest Pixar film set in Mexico, Coco. Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician and sets off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind his family history.

Listen back to the interview HERE and watch below

Michael Giacchino

Ahead of his 50th birthday, composer Michael Giacchino talks to Aedín Gormley. One of the most successful and popular composers over the last twenty years, he has worked closely with director JJ Abrams on Star Trek, Lost and Super 8 and recent scores include Up, Inside Out, Rogue One, War For The Planet Of The Apes and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Listen back to the interview HERE

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Aedín Gormley talks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the American actor, composer, rapper, and writer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton. He had just co-written the songs for the new Disney feature ‘Moana’.

Listen back to the interview HERE

Dame Julie Andrews

Aedín conducted a public interview with Dame Julie Andrews at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of the 2015 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, and celebrated the legendary star on the occassion of her 80th birthday with another chance to hear an earlier interview, recorded on the occasion of the publication of Dame Julie's book ‘Home, a memoir of my early years.’ (Photo credit: Frances Marshall)

Listen back to the programme here

Dame Angela Lansbury

Listen again to Aedín's public interview with Angela Lansbury recorded at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, as part of the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Best known for her TV role as Jessica Fletcher in the longest running detective series in TV history, Murder She Wrote, Lansbury's career has spanned almost seventy-five years. In that time the 90-year-old star has appeared in over 60 films, including early roles in ‘Gaslight’ and The Picture of Dorian Gray’ as well as her critically acclaimed performance in The Manchurian Candidate. Moving into musical theatre, Lansbury gained stardom for playing the leading role in the Broadway musical Mame (1966), which earned her a range of awards and also originated the role of Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd. As well as receiving an Honorary Oscar, Lansbury has also garnered five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an Olivier Award. (Photo credit Simon Lazewski Foto Farm)

Listen to the interview here

Alan Menken and Bill Condon talk Beauty and the Beast

Who doesn’t love a bit of Disney in their lives? Especially when there’s a magical feeling in the air surrounding the remake of Beauty and the Beast. Aedín Gormley talks about her interviews with composer Alan Menken and director Bill Condon ahead of the release:

Disney’s new live action film Beauty and the Beast opens on Friday March 17th and you are in for a treat, I just loved it. It is directed by Bill Condon whose CV includes the Screen musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls.

This impressive new adaptation, stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast and co-stars include Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Kevin Kline (Belle’s father), and Audra McDonald (The Wardrobe).

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon

The man in charge of the music is Alan Menken who scored the original 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast as well as the Broadway version. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. As well as Beauty and the beast, his scores include The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hercules, Enchanted and Tangled among others.

Alan Menken, Beauty and the Beast composer 

Back in 1991 Alan Menken penned the tunes for the original 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast with the late Howard Ashman. He went on to collaborate with lyricist Tim Rice on the Broadway version and now he has penned three new songs with Tim Rice, which add, according to Menken, "... a deeper, more textured approach to the back story of Beauty and the Beast, which is a nice blend for the rest of the score."

I sat down with composer Alan Menken and director Bill Condon to chat about this impressive new version of Beauty and the Beast…

Listen back here to Movies and Musicals from Saturday 11th March for a Beauty and the Beast-fest, including the interviews and music from the soundtrack!


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